Introduction to the School Nurse Service.
Stockport’s Special School Nursing Team is a universal service, accessible to all backgrounds and communities and is crucial, to the delivery of improved health and well-being for children and young people. The role of the school nurse is wide ranging but they offer confidential advice and guidance on a range of issues including: Nutrition, Exercise, Smoking, Alcohol, Mental Health, Drug abuse, Sexual health, Continence and Night time wetting.
In addition, the school nurse provides health promotion and education, enabling and empowering young people to make healthy life choices which affect them not just in school, but throughout their lives. School nurses have a particularly important contribution to make to the development of children with particular needs such as those with disability and additional learning needs.
The role of the school nurse
School Nurses are fully trained registered nurses who have received additional specialist training in child health and health promotion. The school nurse visits all schools regularly and offers Stockport's Child Health Promotion Programme. This is an effective and high-quality early intervention and preventive programme of advice and support which includes: Providing health and sex education within schools, Carrying out developmental screening, Undertaking health interviews, Administering immunisation programmes to provide protection against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps/rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
The School Nurse also has a key role to play in the Healthy Schools Programme, as well as the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.
Through health promotion, the school nurse aims to empower children and young people to take responsibility for their own health and adopt a healthy lifestyle. The school nurse offers young people the opportunity of 1:1 help and support through health interviews and regular "Drop in sessions". School nurses can provide support to children and their families during stressful times and provide visits at home if necessary.
How can your child Access this Service?
School nurses can be reached via schools, clinics or health centres. Every school has a named school nurse, who aims to increase children’s health and well-being enabling children to reach their full potential. The School Nurse can help children with health problems that may affect their ability to learn, or their enjoyment of school. For information about the School Nurses Service speak to your child’s school.